In March 2015, a prolonged political crisis between Yemen government forces, and their allies, and rebel groups erupted into a nationwide humanitarian crisis. In November 2015, two deadly cyclones devastated the country’s coastal areas.
As of February 2016, 21.2 million people – or 80 per cent of the population – were in need of humanitarian aid, including 2.9 million women and girls of reproductive age, an estimated 400,800 of whom were pregnant.
UNFPA is working with its partners to provide health services, equipment and medication to Yemeni women and girls, and to distribute dignity kits and reproductive health kits. UNPFA is also supporting services to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, which is highly prevalent amidst the instability. These services include the clinical management of rape, psychosocial support and safe spaces. In addition, the organization is working to ensure that health supplies that arrive in the nation’s ports reach their final destination.